News story: UK Government local coronavirus testing site opens in Aberdeen

first_imgThe testing centre is being operated in partnership with Mitie and will offer self-administered tests.Simon Venn, Chief Government & Strategy Officer, Mitie, said: UK Government minister for Scotland, David Duguid, said: A new walk-through coronavirus testing centre has opened in Aberdeen. The new facility is being provided by the UK Government as part of a UK-wide drive to continue to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for local communities.The centre, in the University of Aberdeen’s Roy Strathdee building, will offer pre-booked tests for those with coronavirus symptoms.The new site is situated so as to be easily accessible without a car. Those being tested will be required to follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practising good personal hygiene and wearing a face covering throughout, including while travelling to and from the testing centre.Anyone attending an appointment at a walk-through testing site will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.Testing at the new site will start today [24 September], with appointments made available each day.Testing is available only for those with coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste. Anyone with one or more of these symptoms should book a test at https://www.nhsinform.scot/campaigns/test-and-protect or by calling 0800 028 2816.This latest UK Government site is part of the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities created in British history, which now comprises 75 drive-through sites, 112 walk-through sites, 258 mobile units, home testing and satellite kits and network of Lighthouse laboratories.Anyone testing positive for the virus in Scotland will be contacted by contact tracers to help them trace their contacts. This will help people to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission. Close contacts of those testing positive will also hear from contact tracers, asking them to stay at home for 14 days to prevent them from unknowingly spreading the virus. They will be advised to also book at test if they develop symptoms.UK Government Health Minister Lord Bethell said: Our new walk through sites offer communities better access to coronavirus testing, so everyone with symptoms can get a test. This new site is part of our ongoing work to expand testing across the UK to deliver 500,000 tests a day by the end of October. Please book a test if you have coronavirus symptoms: a new continuous cough, a high temperature and a loss or change in sense of smell or taste. Everybody should continue to think hands, face, space, and follow the advice of contact tracers if you are contacted – this is the only way we can return to a more normal way of life. Baroness Dido Harding, Interim Executive Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection, said:center_img We continue to expand testing to make sure that everyone with symptoms can get a test, with our new walk-in sites making it even easier no matter where you live. This new site forms part of our national testing network, which has the capacity to test more than a million people a week and is growing all the time. If you have symptoms of coronavirus, I urge you to book a test today and follow the advice of contact tracers if you are contacted to protect others around you and stop the spread of the virus. This is a national effort and we are proud to be working with a number of partners to turn this ambition into a reality and roll out additional capacity to where it is needed. The UK Government is committed to helping all parts of the UK fight coronavirus and providing people in Scotland with testing facilities. This new walk-through centre in Aberdeen city centre, funded by the UK Government, will play a key part in tackling the virus in the North East of Scotland, and joins our existing drive-through facility at Aberdeen Airport. Testing will play a vital part over the coming months, helping to manage local outbreaks and protect livelihoods. This walk-through centre will help people in Aberdeen get tested quickly. As I saw for myself when I visited our Inverness and Aberdeen drive-through centres this month, these sites are not possible without the hard work of many people, and I would like to thank everyone involved in getting this new centre open. Our priority during the pandemic is to support the nation’s efforts to fight COVID-19 and help keep the country running. Testing is a critical part of the UK’s strategy to combat coronavirus and we’re proud to support the Government with this vital task. A big thank you to all the NHS staff, Mitie employees and other frontline heroes in Aberdeen, who are working tirelessly to keep us all safe.last_img read more

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ND admits students

first_imgWhen most colleges see increases in applications, they admit more students, assuming a large number of them will choose to attend other schools. But Bob Mundy, director of admissions, said the yield for admitted applicants who chose to attend the University last year was unpredictably high, leading to a decrease in the number of acceptances this year. “Clearly we think we’ve become a more popular option out there,” Mundy said. According to Don Bishop, associate vice president for undergraduate enrollment, 16,952 high school seniors applied for a spot in the Class of 2016 and 3,850 were admitted. Last year, the University received 16,520 applications and accepted 4,019 students, Bishop said. The number of international applicants and applicants of color also rose this year, he said. Bishop said this year’s acceptance rate was 22.7 percent, down from 24 percent last year and 29 percent two years ago. He said 2,500 applicants were put on the waitlist. Because so many admitted applicants chose to attend Notre Dame, not a single student was accepted off the waitlist last year, Mundy said. “We’ve admitted about 170 fewer students than last year, with the goal of being able to admit some students off the waitlist,” he said. Admitted applicants’ academic qualifications remained impressive, with a median SAT score of 1460 and ACT score of 33, Bishop said. The median high school class performance for the admitted class was also the top one to two percent, he said.   “We could admit 75 percent of our applicants and still have a group that would be very successful here,” Mundy said. Bishop said these statistics have improved greatly in the past few years. “About a fourth or a fifth of the class that five years ago would have gained admission, in today’s competition, would not,” Bishop said. The number of admitted legacy children remains higher than at most elite colleges, Bishop said. Twenty-four percent of this year’s admitted class is a legacy compared to about 12 percent at most top 10 schools, he said, but this is because legacy applicants tend to be very qualified. “Notre Dame alumni have traditionally had more children, and Notre Dame alumni children are more loyal to applying to Notre Dame,” Bishop said. “Even though there is this special consideration, a disproportionate … share of our top students are children of alumni.” The increase in exceptional applicants and decrease in available spots contributed to more selectivity in the admissions process, Bishop said. “We’re more selective, but we’re more on mission,” Bishop said. “Once the numbers get so high in the academic credentials of the student, it’s not necessary to continue to use those numbers to distinguish one student from another.” Bishop said admissions officers choose qualified students by examining characteristics that fit the Notre Dame educational philosophy. “You start looking at the other attributes … [such as] intellectual drive and ambition … their creativity, their sense of service to others, their leadership … [and] being active in service and faith,” he said. Because most of the admitted applicants will have been accepted to other top schools, many students’ decisions will rely on financial aid, Bishop said. “The financial aid staff is going to be working extremely hard on counseling families and assisting them,” he said. “Notre Dame will likely spend over $27 million in financial aid to the freshman class, and that’s gift aid. Over the course of four years, it will be over $100 million.” Bishop said other accepted applicants will base their decisions on campus visits and current students should look out for them. “All the students on campus should know that we’re going to have a lot of visiting admitted students who are going to be comparing us with a lot of great choices,” he said. “We’re hoping that our students will take this opportunity to reach out to the visiting students and tell them about Notre Dame.” Overall, Mundy said he is pleased with the Class of 2016. “It’s safe to say we feel really good about the group as it stands right now,” he said.last_img read more

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Iowa play-by-play man suspended for “King Kong” comment

first_imgMaryland forward Bruno Fernando (23) drives past Iowa guard Connor McCaffery during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Iowa City, Iowa. Maryland won 66-65. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) _ Iowa play-by-play announcer Gary Dolphin was suspended Friday for the rest of the season for referring to Maryland’s Bruno Fernando as “King Kong” during a game.Hawkeye Sports Properties, the multimedia rights manager for Iowa’s athletic, announced the move just hours before the 21st-ranked Hawkeyes hosted Indiana.Fernando had 11 points and 11 rebounds, including a go-ahead putback with 7.8 seconds left, to help No. 24 Maryland beat Iowa 66-65 on Tuesday night in Iowa City. In describing the game’s closing moments, Dolphin said the 6-foot-10, 240-pound African-American who was born in Angola “was King Kong at the end of the game.”This is the second time that Dolphin has been suspended this season.He sat out two games after being caught on an open microphone criticizing Iowa guard Maishe Dailey in a win over Pittsburgh in late November. Coach Fran McCaffery called Dolphin’s comments about Dailey “inexcusable,” and this incident could further enflame tensions between the two.Jim Albracht will replace Dolphin for the rest of the season. Bobby Hansen, Iowa’s color commentator, will continue in that role.Dolphin, a fan favorite who is also Iowa’s football play-by-play man, apologized in a statement released Friday.“During the broadcast, I used a comparison when trying to describe a talented Maryland basketball player. In no way did I intend to offend or disparage the player,” he said. “I take full responsibility for my inappropriate word choice and offer a sincere apology to him and anyone else who was offended. I will use this as an opportunity to grow as a person and learn more about unconscious bias.”Iowa’s athletic department released a statement supporting Dolphin’s suspension, saying it “values diversity and is committed to creating a welcoming environment for all members of its campus community.”___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25last_img read more

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Iowa play-by-play man suspended for “King Kong” comment

first_imgMaryland forward Bruno Fernando (23) drives past Iowa guard Connor McCaffery during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Iowa City, Iowa. Maryland won 66-65. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) _ Iowa play-by-play announcer Gary Dolphin was suspended Friday for the rest of the season for referring to Maryland’s Bruno Fernando as “King Kong” during a game.Hawkeye Sports Properties, the multimedia rights manager for Iowa’s athletic, announced the move just hours before the 21st-ranked Hawkeyes hosted Indiana.Fernando had 11 points and 11 rebounds, including a go-ahead putback with 7.8 seconds left, to help No. 24 Maryland beat Iowa 66-65 on Tuesday night in Iowa City. In describing the game’s closing moments, Dolphin said the 6-foot-10, 240-pound African-American who was born in Angola “was King Kong at the end of the game.”This is the second time that Dolphin has been suspended this season.He sat out two games after being caught on an open microphone criticizing Iowa guard Maishe Dailey in a win over Pittsburgh in late November. Coach Fran McCaffery called Dolphin’s comments about Dailey “inexcusable,” and this incident could further enflame tensions between the two.Jim Albracht will replace Dolphin for the rest of the season. Bobby Hansen, Iowa’s color commentator, will continue in that role.Dolphin, a fan favorite who is also Iowa’s football play-by-play man, apologized in a statement released Friday.“During the broadcast, I used a comparison when trying to describe a talented Maryland basketball player. In no way did I intend to offend or disparage the player,” he said. “I take full responsibility for my inappropriate word choice and offer a sincere apology to him and anyone else who was offended. I will use this as an opportunity to grow as a person and learn more about unconscious bias.”Iowa’s athletic department released a statement supporting Dolphin’s suspension, saying it “values diversity and is committed to creating a welcoming environment for all members of its campus community.”___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25last_img read more

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In the dugout with L.A. Dodgers head manager Dave Roberts

first_imgDodger Manager Dave Roberts says faith and family helped him beat cancer. Photo by E. Mesiyah McGinnis.Los Angeles Sentinel: There have been a few transitions this year. Tell us what we can expect this year from the Dodgers.Dave Roberts: For me, for the Dodgers, the last couple years, we lost in the World Series so we were the second-best team in all of baseball. I think that if you look around the industry we’ve done a lot of good things. We are in a great city, great fans, we draw more fans than anyone in all of sports, and as far as an organization, we win. The goal is to bring a championship back to Los Angeles. We made a few tweaks with our roster. Every year you always try to tweak and get that right form. But as far as our culture, we have guys that are blue-collar, who love to play, love to compete, and as a fan when you come watch the Dodgers play, you can relate to them because it’s a group of guys that play hard and play the game and respect the game. I try to understand and let the players understand the vision of winning a championship. The hard part though is the day-to-day grind. And that’s where I am right now just trying to go out there every day and win a baseball game.LAS: Let’s talk about that grind. How do you approach everyday — like, let’s talk about today, game day — how do you wake up and get your day going?DR: Today was a special day for me actually, thank you for asking, I had a chance to go to the City of Hope. I am a cancer survivor myself. I went there and they had there 43rd annual Celebration of Life reunion for bone transplant survivors. So, I went there and spoke and got to see families and patients. There was close to 1,000 people there.LAS: Speaking of such positive energy, is it hard for you to keep your cool when you are having a bad day? How do you navigate that?DR: In baseball, it’s kind of an outlet. I have grown to understand from the coaches and players that mentored me when I was a player, that when we come to the ballpark, it’s our escape. If I do have a bad day, I don’t let that be known. It is hard though because I’m always trying to pour into the players and coaches and you don’t really get that reciprocation but that’s kind of the job you sign up for. I love coaching, I love teaching and I love relationships, and that is my fuel and that’s my passion.LAS: Does being a former player help you relate more?DR: That’s the first piece of advice. You got to remember how hard the game is. So, I think that is one thing that makes coaches and players’ managers understand that these guys are the best at what they do in whatever sport, football, basketball, or baseball, and the game is difficult. They are pros and to be sympathetic towards that and being able to communicate lends itself to being a players’ manager.LAS: Did you know as a player that you wanted to be a coach?DR: Absolutely not. It kind of just happened. It’s one of those things in life you just take what’s ahead of you and you try to dominate. So, when I went to UCLA, I adjusted. I was born in Okinawa, Japan.  My dad was raised in Houston, one of eight children, he was in the 5th Ward so he grew up the eldest, was on his own in the service at 18. This man was my rock. He loved me with tough love and he supported me. He served our country for 30 years.Being biracial with an African American father and a Japanese mother, as you’re growing up and moving around to different countries, different bases, different states, you’re always moving. They really empowered my sister and me to be ourselves. I’ve been fortunate that I have two backgrounds to make me who I am.LAS: Yes, you’re the first African American to coach the Dodgers, and the first Asian American to make it to the World Series. Do you think of that often?DR: In the forefront of my mind, I don’t. I’m more mired in my job each day and I’m very micro-focused on what I’m doing every day. So, when you say it in that context, it just blows me away. by Brandon Brooks, LA Sentinel Managing Editor In a sport that has historically marginalized Black players, African American baseball fans have taken great pride in the accomplishments of legendary ball-players like Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby and Willie Mays. When Dave Roberts was named manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015, he understood that he too would carry a similar legacy.“It’s hard for me to put into words what it means to be named manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers,” Roberts told MLB.com in 2015. “This is truly the opportunity of a lifetime. The Dodgers are the ground-breaking franchise of Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Sandy Koufax, Maury Wills, Fernando Valenzuela and Hideo Nomo.”“I feel that I have now come full circle in my career and there is plenty of unfinished business left in L.A.,” said the former Dodger outfielder, who went on to be named 2018 National League Manager of the Year.As the first African American manager of the Dodgers, Roberts walks in the footsteps of many Black trailblazers in baseball at a time when the African American population in the MLB is at a low with about eight percent of African American players. According to USA Today Sports, there are 11 teams that don’t have more than a single African American player on their 25-man roster, including three teams that don’t have one. There are only three African American players on active rosters in the entire National League West.Roberts was born in Okinawa, Japan to an African American father, a U.S. Marine, who met his Japanese mother while stationed in Japan. Growing up in San Diego, CA, Roberts says he was fortunate to have a dual heritage. He always embraced both facets of his ethnicity and now he stands as a role model for both Asian American and African American baseball fans.Beyond the social responsibility that comes along with being a sports figure, comes the labor-intensive job itself. Roberts came on as manager to one of the top-five highest-paid franchises in the MLB. After losing in last year’s World Series, Roberts faced criticism from frustrated fans, including President Donald Trump, who took to his Twitter account to complain about Roberts’ decisions during Game 4 of the World Series.Still, Roberts’ leadership led the team to compete in two consecutive World Series and the team is well on their way to the third.“It’s something I really believe in because I think as a young coach or manager, it’s natural to chase results and understand that you’re being judged on results,” Roberts told ESPN. “But to really trust in the process, and getting people to do things the right way, and betting on the results in the back end, I think, is a more attainable goal.”Following some roster changes this season, the Dodgers are currently in first place and hold a 10 ½ game lead in the National League West.As a player, Roberts’ most defining moment came in 2004, known as “the most famous steal in Boston Red Sox history,” boosting the team into a comeback against the New York Yankees that won them their first World Series in 86 years. Now what defines Roberts’ career is his philosophy as a leader, his faith in God, the love for his family, and of course, his love for baseball.It was a sunny Los Angeles afternoon when Roberts sat down with the Sentinel. We met in his office — the L.A. Dodgers’ dugout — just hours before he led his team to beat the Washington Nationals 0-5. L.A. Sentinel Managing Editor Brandon Brooks (left) with L.A. Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts. Photo by E. Mesiyah McGinnis.LAS: So, it’s a reminder. And it’s phenomenal. You are a trailblazer.DR: When you talk about trailblazers, there’s obviously no one bigger than Jackie Robinson for me. To walk in his shoes and to be mentioned like that as a trailblazer, everyday people say I’m making history. I don’t see it like that I’m just trying to do the best job I can. I feel very grateful to be wearing this uniform.LAS: In your words, what do you have to say about Jackie Robinson’s legacy?DR: It is a legacy. My kids joke with me because I use that word a lot. I just believe so strongly in that word, legacy.  It’s ongoing, it’s generational but it also takes people to follow what he implemented in his legacy go keep it going.I look at it as a responsibility. Then I look at Jackie and how tough he was and the stories I hear about him. He knew when to be tough, he knew when to turn the cheek and he knew when to submit, but in the right context, and it just takes a really strong man.LAS: We are seeing a decline in attendance and representation of African Americans in the MLB? What do you have to say about that and the ways we can change that?DR: It is true. If you look at the overarching numbers of African Americans in baseball, even since when I first got into the big leagues, its tumbled considerably. It’s unfortunate. I think that a lot of young African American kids in the inner-city are gravitating towards football and basketball. The role models in baseball are starting to be less and less. So, now, as an African American kid, to look at somebody and to relate to them and aspire to be them, those are harder to come by. So, as a sport, with our commissioner [Robert Manfred], I serve on the diversity committee and I am proud of that. We are trying to create opportunities for minorities and African Americans in baseball as athletes as players, in front office coaching and all these different scouts.The Dodger Dreamfields – we just built the Jackie Robinson field with Adrian Gonzales and Clayton Kershaw, the RBI foundation —we’ve done so many things like that.For me to be a vehicle, I look for opportunities to go into the city and speak to people of color and just know that there are other sports than football and basketball. But, I think for all of us, it’s about painting a picture that African-American kids are going to be productive in society and be successful and to find a passion.center_img L.A. Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts. Photo by E. Mesiyah McGinnis Dave Roberts was born in Okinawa, Japan and is of African-American and Japanese descent. Photo by E. Mesiyah McGinnis.LAS: I know family and faith are important to you. Can you talk about your faith?DR: I think my faith in Jesus Christ is the foundation of who I am. Everyone has their thoughts, beliefs and faith, but for my household this is what we believe in. It makes it easier when you have something to hold on to. With life’s struggles and the unknown, that blind faith is tough for a lot of people.  People wonder how I can come in positive every day and don’t sweat the small stuff, through cancer and going through different adversities — that’s how. I’ve got a wife of 22 years and my daughter who is fantastic. We are a tight knit group and without those two things I don’t know where I’d be.LAS: Speaking of legacy, let’s talk about your son.DR: Yes! He’s going to be a baseball player at Loyola next year. He’s definitely different than me. He’s more subdued but he’s got a heart of gold and he’s a tough competitor. It’s fun to see my son make his own path and be his own individual.LAS: Can you talk about your battle with cancer? Any advice for people out there who are suffering?DR: I had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. It was stage two, there are four stages so it wasn’t in my blood yet and it wasn’t below my diaphragm. So, that’s the good thing. It was fast moving but my oncologist, my radiologist and everyone was on top of it. Obviously, when you hear cancer, it’s a tough word. That “C word” gets people. People equate that to death, but it went back to my faith, my family and my doctors. My wife, my family, my friends, the fans were there supporting me. We didn’t waver and we knew it was happening for a reason. I never felt sorry for myself. My dad, my mom, my father-in-law came to know Christ because of it because of our stead-fastness.LAS: What is some advice you have for young players?DR: Don’t ever lose that confidence and out-work people. For me, I was a person that played with a lot of people that were a lot more talented than I was, but I just took pride in outworking them and being educated as far as understanding the game and playing the game hard and the right way.LAS: What would you like your legacy to be?DR: I respect the game and I respect people. I think that covers a lot of it. The fans pay big money to watch professional athletes play. How you perform, how you prepare, how you treat fans, how you treat ushers and stadium ops with respect – I think that’s important. As a manager of the Dodgers, I’m on TV and as one of the faces of the organization. To carry myself in the right way is important. I ask for respect and I think the way I treat people in uniform or outside of uniform draws them closer to me and the organization. So, I like to think I’ve done things the right way.Lauren Floyd contributed to this article.First Published June 13, 2019For the full interview go to lasentinel.net.last_img read more

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Iron Sight Barbell Club Invites you to Grand Opening of New…

first_imgFacebook46Tweet0Pin0Scott Drapeau at the Iron Sight Barbell Club has been working hard busting down walls, moving the weight, building it out and now’s your chance to see it for yourself! They’ll be doing a raffle to win a FREE 6 Week Team Iron Sight Challenge! They will also be cooking up some food (healthy of course!) and we’ll have some outdoor games!We sat down with Scott to ask him what’s different about his new gym.Stacey from Thurston Talk: Tell us who you are!Scott Drapeau: I’m Scott Drapeau, I’m the owner and operator of Iron Sight Barbell Club in Lacey, Washington.TT: Where are you from?SD: Originally I am from Southern California, in a town called Santa Clarita. I joined the military about 8 years ago, I was stationed in Hawaii then finally stationed up here and kinda stuck roots in the Pacific Northwest. TT: What is your fitness philosophy?SD: My fitness philosophy… I have 2 of them actually, the first one is “Medicine Through Movement” and then “Hit Your Target”. With Medicine Through Movement. That piece is part of the reason that we have so many injuries at work or at school… it’s because we don’t move. We don’t move properly and we don’t move at all. Getting up and moving and doing strength training or some kind of exercise is so beneficial for your body and your mind. It’s an incredible preventative medicine. And the Hit Your Target is what strength training is all about. It’s about setting goals and then making new goals because there’s always more weight you could add to the bar.TT: How did you get started in fitness?SD: So I got started in fitness when I was in high-school. I was a cross-country runner, of all things… total 180 degrees from what I do now. And then when I joined the army it was a lot off calisthenics, then I got into barbell training about 5 or 6 years ago and it’s been that way ever since. TT: Explain barbell training…SD: There are 2 main movements, there’s the squat, there’s the bench and there’s the deadlift. When you have those 3 movement patterns you basically encompass most of the 3 fundamental movement patterns of the human body. So barbell training is doing those movements and also variations of those movements and using them as a core for building an exercise program. You use the squat, the bench and the deadlift as the core movements and then you build on top of them to assist yourself in that way.TT: Who introduced you to fitness?SD: The way I got introduced to barbell training is actually through my father, my kiddo was born and I gained a whole bunch of weight, even though I was in the army I was unable to run due to an injury so he introduced me to a very simple workout involving machines and a little bit of free weights and stuff like that and I saw results and I got more interested and then I started reading about strength training and something about the philosophy of strength training really kinda spoke to me and the sport itself spoke to me and I started picking up a barbell and haven’t put it down since. TT: What do you like the most about your gym and training others?SD: What I like most about my gym is the fact that we are so non-judgmental when it comes to your particular fitness. I have people in here who have never touched a barbell in their life and I have people in here who have competed on many different stages and everyone is on their own fitness journey to getting to where they want to go. So no matter who you are you have a place to come where we have knowledgeable people who will help you. We have trainers that have the ability to teach you safe, proper movements and to really kinda change your life because with our 6-week challenges we have the fitness part of it as well and the diet part which is really a huge thing for most people. So we have the fitness which is the fun part and the diet is the part that most people struggle with, in all honesty. And I just like that I don’t have to rely on 40 different machines to get things done and I don’t have 20 ellipticals and 20 treadmills… We are here to train you to get stronger. That’s what I really like about training at my gym and the way that we do things. TT: How is your gym unique?SD: How our gym is unique is that we really look at the philosophies behind the movements and treat movements as a cure, as a medicine you can take, whether its preemptive or whether its rehab, that’s what I think really differs with us. As we grow, I want to bring on more wellness professionals, you know, chiropractors and physical therapists and nutritionists, to make this place into a wellness center. Because most wellness centers may have a tiny little gym attached to it, but that’s not the focus. I want the focus to be the gym, but to be able to come here and do a one-stop-shop with everything else that you may need.TT: Is the program you lead CrossFit? Is it similar to?SD: NO. We are crossfire without the attitude, we do not do Olympic lifts. We do not do large group classes. All of our classes are designed for no more than 8 people at a time. Olympic lifts are very technical, and they’re very difficult to master, and they’re very difficult to teach. So when someone is training… squat, bench and deadlift are all movements that are basic human movement patterns. An Olympic lift like a snatch and a clean and jerk… it takes years to become proficient and we just don’t think that they have a place for a beginner or even an intermediate person that is getting into weight training. It’s something that definitely needs to be one-on-one coached and it needs to be handled probably more safely than it is now. TT: Similar to CrossFit?SD: What is similar is the community aspect. What really brings people together and makes it a place you want to go, is your community and part of that is dropping that kind of elite attitude that a lot of CrossFit places have. Where they think of themselves as better. I think of myself as just different. I find that if you are happy at your gym, then stay at your gym, but if you want to join a strong community, if you want to come here and you want to learn how to train with a barbell and you wanna learn how to flip tires and you wanna do things that you never thought you could, then this is the gym for you. TT: Do you want to tell us a bit about the other professionals here at the gym and your qualifications?SD: I am a certified United States of America Power Lifting Association Coach. I have been training people for a little over 2 years now and I’ve been lifting for about 5. My trainer Doug has been training people for over 20 years. He has a degree in exercise science he’s got more certifications than I would even know what to do with, and he is just fantastic. He really understands the philosophy, the training philosophy that I had envisioned when I opened the gym and that’s why, I mean, he could work anywhere he chose this gym to work at because he understands what it is we’re trying to build.TT: In addition to blending areas of expertise, what else can you tell us about how you create programs?SD: So the programs that we’ve created are all progressive overload programs. What that means is you build a little bit at a time. You may add 5 pounds, you may add 5 pounds, little-by-little, week after week and you eventually get stronger and you gain strength and you gain muscle and that’s how it works: progressive overload. These movements are for any fitness level. So you can come in here and be someone who already knows how to squat, bench and deadlift; we just put you under a heavier load or we change the rep scheme and that’s how we kinda blend the powerlifting with the group training, it’s working with the barbell and working with progressive overload and making sure that no matter what your strength level, what your fitness level, there is always something for you to be able to get better at.TT: Do you have any standout clients in terms of transformation and/or lifestyle change?SD: One of my clients, he has lost I think 30 pounds at this point during the 6-week challenge. The 6-week challenge was originally 25 pounds, we discussed it and he lost 30 pounds. Really all of my clients once they come in and they go through the challenge and they see what there is to offer… they all change. The weight is just a measurement, what changes is their mindset and what changes is their body and what changes is the way they feel about themselves and that to me… everybody that comes in here that puts in the work, they all see the change and they all stand out to me. TT: What’s your favorite basic exercise?SD: My favorite basic exercise is the deadlift. There is nothing more satisfying than picking up as much weight as possible from the ground and then hearing it slam back down. That’s another thing that differentiates us from other gyms, like we like noise. We like chalk and loud music and having a good time. We aren’t going to say “Please be quiet, let’s keep it down, you’re disturbing the other guests.” If you wanna lift heavy and you can lift 800-900 pounds then you can come in here and do it and crush it and that’s really what we are all about. If you don’t, then this might not be the gym for you. TT: Best song for lifting to.SD: Oh my gosh… you know I teeter between rap and rock. It really depends on the day. I actually really like Bohemian Rhapsody. You let it build up and when you come to the crescendo part… that’s when you go for your big lift. TT: We’ve seen a lot about the 6-week challenge in social media, you want to tell us a little about it and how people can get involved?SD: The 6-week challenge is a lifestyle change. I want people that are dedicated, so it’s not for everyone. It’s for people that know that when you come in here and you sign up for it you are committing that 6 weeks to completely changing your lifestyle. It takes 28 times to make a habit. We have over a hundred opportunities for meals for you to change your eating habits, so you get the diet plan. You also have 18 times to come in here and work out and change that habit. You also have coaches that are there to answer any questions that you might have and if we don’t know we will do the research and find out so there’s that accountability part of that. You really… once you kind of understand and you change your philosophy, you’re gonna want to stay a member. That’s really what it comes down to. I don’t think… maybe a few people have not gone on to join us, and it’s not because they didn’t want to, it’s because of life circumstances. Whether they were moving for the military or something like that. All you have to do is go to www.joinironsightbarbellclub.com and make an appointment to come and see me and I will talk you through the program and I will talk you through what is involved and what we need from you and then we will get you into the pipeline and get you going to hit your target.TT: Your gym is opening soon but you’ve been in business for a little while… how did you get your start?SD: I actually started in my garage. I started with this gym… I bought a squat rack when I first started lifting because I had my little one. I had a newborn so I couldn’t spend time going to the gym so I brought the gym into the house. So that’s how that started. Then when I got back from Iraq I germinated this idea in my head about opening up a powerlifting/coaching business and I was like “Okay, I’m gonna start in my garage and I’m gonna scale up from there. That’s what we’re gonna do.” And we kinda scaled up too fast for the garage because my lovely homeowner’s association sent me nasty-grams and so it was basically time to move out and find a facility and this fell into my lap and financing fell into my lap and I got really lucky with all the timing. But, yeah I started out with just one power rack in a garage and a dream.TT: Where are you located?SD: We are located 1225 Ruddel Rd SE, Ste. E, Lacey 98503, you can find us right next to a bike shop and we also have a laser tag. You can find us between Lacey Blvd. and Pacific Ave. So, if you are heading… they are all one-way, so we are basically right before College St.TT: Tell us about your grand opening!!SD: The grand opening is going to be this Saturday, August 4 and its gonna be from 3pm – 6pm. I am going to be cooking. I’ll be making healthy food for everyone… chicken and rice. We will be lifting and music and it should be a fun time for everybody and we’ll be able to sign up members and all that fun stuff. Anybody can come, bring your kids. We’re very family friendly here, I will have my daughter here. Kids are welcome to hang out as long as they’re not disruptive. I don’t have childcare but they are welcome in the gym. Anybody of any fitness persuasion can absolutely come and come and check us out and see what our philosophy is about and see what we’ve built here and see the people that are making it happen… all of my members so far.last_img read more

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Harbhajan Singh trolls Rohit Sharma about his weight lifting efforts

first_imgImage Courtesy: ANI/IANSAdvertisement cghNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8e3z6Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2bja50( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9sb5Would you ever consider trying this?😱8adxCan your students do this? 🌚4jo1Roller skating! Powered by Firework The legendary Indian bowler Harbhajan Singh has a comical side, and it is well known to the cricketing fandom of the country. Be it on the pitch or social media, Bhajji is never weary of pulling jokes or trolls on his teammates. The spinner’s recent dupe is none other than Rohit Sharma, who’s exercise routine was just the topic Harbhajan needed to pull out a cheeky joke.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ANI/IANSEarlier this month, Rohit Sharma suffered a calf injury in the final match of the T20 series against New Zealand. Taking the role of captaincy as Virat Kohli was benched, the blistering opener scored a stunning 41-ball-60, before sustaining the injury. He retired hurt as he was unable to continue batting, and was ruled out of the subsequent ODI series that took place.Currently on recovery, the superstar is enjoying some time off the 22 yards, and is seen using the time to put to use in the gym. Yesterday, Sharma posted a video on his official Instagram, where he was seen deadlifting with a barbell with weights of 40 kgs. Check it out here-Advertisement While the fans were happy to see their idol batsman getting his recovery smoothly, Harbhajan decided to join in and leave a hikarious comment on the video, taking a light poke on the amount of weight Sharma was using.Harbhajan commented: “Only 40 kg for this ?? Common shaana” implying it is lightweight and his former Mumbai Indians teammate needs to lift more.Image Courtesy: Instagram(@rohitsharma45)However, Sharma replied promptly, stating that the  reason behind using lightweight its the first time he has returned to gym after sustaining the injury. He wrote: “that’s because it’s my first day after injury with weights.”Image Courtesy: Instagram(@rohitsharma45)While Sharma will miss out on the upcoming Test series against the Kiwis, but will look to return to the pitch before the 3 match ODI series against South Africa in March. However, the Mumbai Indians skipper will certainly be back in action in the 2020 Indian Premier League starting from 29th March.The New Zealand Test series starts this Friday at the Basin Reserve cricket ground.Also read-Bhajji and CSK troll Ross Taylor for having his tongue out during match winning century against India Advertisementlast_img read more

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UPDATE: Leafs deal away pair to acquire rights to defenceman Darnell St. Pierre

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs continue to build a team worthy to host the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup.Leaf skipper Frank Maida dealt away two more players from last season’s roster in a move to acquire the rights to defenceman Darnell St. Pierre.The soon to be 19-year-old St. Pierre, who toiled last season for the Revelstoke Grizzlies before playing two playoff games with Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the BC Hockey League, was acquired for defenceman Kyler Wilkinson and forward Damin Devlin.St. Pierre, finishing the season with 25 points and 110 penalty minutes, brings a physical presence to a Leaf blueline that in the past lacked toughness.Nelson also may have lost the services of local defenceman Cole Arcuri. The Nelson Daily has learned the 17-year-old rearguard is close to signing, or already has inked deal with Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the BCHL.However, Arcuri was back on the Leaf roster for Tuesday’s exhibition tilt. Earlier this summer Maida traded sent forwards Dallon Stoddart and James Sorrey along with D-man Seth Schmidt to Castlegar in exchange for sniper Jamie Vlanich and forward Travis Wellman.Nelson opens the exhibition season Tuesday against Beaver Valley Nitehawks at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Leafs host Nitehawks Tuesday to open KIJHL exhibition seasonNelson Leafs jump right into the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition season after concluding a quick three-day camp Sunday at the NDCC Arena.The Leafs welcomed approximately 40 players to the Heritage City to determine the host team for the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup.Tuesday, Nelson plays host to the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in pre-season action beginning at 7 p.m.Nelson hosts Creston Friday at 7 p.m. before travelling to the Hawks Nest in Fruitvale Sunday for a return match against Beaver Valley.The Leafs play a home-and-home series — Tuesday, September 10 in Castlegar and Wednesday, September 11 in Nelson — against the defending KIJHL champion Rebels.Nelson opens the KIJHL regular season Friday, September 13 on Banner Raising night in the Sunflower City.last_img read more

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Rockers sweep past Hawks, Bombers to capture LVR Mini-Tournament

first_imgStanley Humphries Rockers of Castlegar opened the West Kootenay Junior Boy’s Basketball season with a pair of wins Saturday at the Hangar in Nelson.The Rockers jumped to a 26-7 lead, before coasting to a 46-25 decision over the L.V. Rogers Bombers in a three-team mini-tournament.Morgan Lynn led the Rockers with 11 points while Liam Harder and Marvin Archer each added eight points.Jairo Mangapot had 10 points and Joshua Jolicoeur added eight points for the Bombers. Stanley Humphries, finishing third in last season’s West Kootenay Championships in Grand Forks, dumped J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail 46-25 to complete the two-game sweep.Lynn led the offence with 17 points while Kyle Hadikan had 12 and Daniel D’Onatio added six.Nahum Colwell and Jackson Kanakin each had six points for the Hawks.In the final game of the day, the Crowe Hawks out scored the LVR Bombers 11-3 in the fourth quarter to escape with a 42-29 victory.Ayden McNamee led the Hawks with 11 points. Antonio Pasqualotto and Karssey Levng each added six points for the Hawks.Thomas Baxter scored eight points and David Hu had seven to lead the Bomber attack.LVR is back in action Thursday when the Bombers host the Rockers at 6 p.m. in the Hangar.The Junior Bombers travel to Creston Saturday to face Prince Charles and Mount Baker Wild of Cranbrook in a three-team mini tournament.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MAY 19, 2016

first_imgDavid Hofmans520040%40%$79,635 KENT DESORMEAUX RETURNS TO ‘HOME AWAY FROM HOME’Kent Desormeaux knows Pimlico like the back of his hand, probably the front, too.In 1989, he rode a staggering 598 winners, most of them in Maryland and 185 at Pimlico, breaking Chris McCarron’s 15-year record for most wins in a year.Desormeaux’s mark still stands.Desormeaux, 46, has been a member of racing’s Hall of Fame since 2004. He has won 5,873 races including the Kentucky Derby three times, on Real Quiet in 1998; Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000; and Big Brown in 2008.He missed capturing the 1998 Triple Crown by a nose on Real Quiet in the Belmont, a race Kent says he has watched replays of a thousand times “and every time I still think I’m going to win it.” Call it the worst beat in racing.Desormeaux, born in Maurice, Louisiana, has a homecoming of sorts Saturday at Pimlico, where he rides Kentucky Derby runner-up Exaggerator in the 1 3/16-mile Preakness Stakes for his older brother, Keith, who trains the colt.Since 1986, Desormeaux has won 649 races from 2,858 rides at Pimlico, 23 percent. His mounts at Old Hilltop have earned $11,775,416.“Pimlico is like my home away from home,” Desormeaux said. “It’s like my backyard. I’m going to be so comfortable. I know all the streets, I know how to get from Washington, D.C. to North Baltimore, and that translates to the race course.“I know every grain of sand out there and the nuances of how to ride the race track. I’ll just take that wisdom to the Preakness. The turns at Pimlico are sharper than most tracks and the straights are longer than most tracks, but it’s still the same circumference.“And if the turns actually aren’t sharper, they ride sharper.”As for strategy, Desormeaux is not about to reinvent the wheel.“Keep it simple, stupid,” he said.In a TVG interview Thursday, Keith commented on Exaggerator. “He looks like he’s not only re-gained that loss of weight (from the Derby) but he put on a few (pounds). He looks very nice. He reminds me of a modern horse. He’s not big and rangy like those throw-back horses.“I’m focused on getting him and keeping him as fresh as possible and I think I’ve done that. He’s coming out of his skin. The numbers are the numbers. If I went by the numbers then why would I be here today?”The Preakness lineup: Cherry Wine, Corey Lanerie, 20-1; Uncle Lino, Fernando Perez, 20-1; Nyquist, Mario Gutierrez, 3-5; Awesome Speed, Jevian Toledo, 30-1; Exaggerator, Kent Desormeaux, 3-1; Lani, Yutaka Take, 30-1; Collected, Javier Castellano, 10-1; Laoban, Florent Geroux, 30-1; Abiding Star, J.D. Acosta, 30-1; Fellowship, Jose Lezcano, 30-1; and Stradivari, John Velazquez, 8-1.First live post time at Santa Anita Preakness Day is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 8 a.m. The Paddock Room opens at 7:15 a.m.Post time for the $1.5 million Preakness is 3:45 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. It will air live on NBC-TV and the Horse Racing Radio Network. Hector O. Palma632050%83%$54,945 Mike Puype1821211%28%$95,830 BERNSTEIN STAKES HIS CLAIM ON KAFISTERIt’s been a long time between stakes for David Bernstein.The 76-year-old trainer, whose signature horse was Eclipse Award Older Male Champion of 1994 The Wicked North, tries to catch lightning in a bottle Saturday when he runs claiming-horse-seeking- graded-status Kafister in the Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.It will mark the first stakes start for the six-year-old son of Kafwain out of the dam Register (hence the name Kafister) since Bernstein claimed him for $20,000 on March 30, 2014, a span of 15 races.Should Kafister pull an upset, it would be Bernstein’s first stakes win since Unfurl the Flag captured the Grade I Triple Bend at Hollywood Park in 2005 under Corey Nakatani.Kafister has since won six races for Bernstein and owners Alan Aidekman and Gaylord Ailshie, but the Kona Gold will be the first time he has run in a stakes for Bernstein.In his 26 race career, Kafister has run in just one added-money event, finishing fourth in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint on Nov. 3, 2012, when trained by Peter Miller. Overall, he has won 11 races, earning $324,450.“He’s paid his way for us,” Bernstein said, then explaining his decision to try a stakes with Kafister for the first time under his tutelage: “There’s no other place to run, that’s the problem. They’re not going to write a four-other-than (condition race), so we’ve got to run here or stay in the barn.“We’ve got a good rider (Flavien Prat), the horse loves to run and win, and he loves this track (eight wins, two seconds and a third from 15 starts), so we’ll see what happens.”The Kona Gold, race nine of 11: Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Souper Knight, Abel Lezcano, 30-1; Cautious Giant, Santiago Gonzalez, 12-1; Coastline, Tyler Baze, 4-1; Cherubim, Tiago Pereira, 20-1; Dream Sunday, Mike Smith, 12-1; Subtle Indian, Ramon Vazquez, 3-1; Kafister, Flavien Prat, 10-1; Sahara Sky, Martin Garcia, 8-1; and San Onofre, Edwin Maldonado, 7-2. Martin Garcia1953226%53%$285,780 (Current Through Sunday, May 15) Martin Pedroza2532412%36%$101,970 Patrick Gallagher520040%40%$58,890 FINISH LINES: Unbeaten champion Songbird is scheduled to work Sunday, probably four furlongs after the 6:30 renovation break, according to Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer . . . Three-time Eclipse award winner Beholder, prepping for the Grade I Vanity Mile on June 4, worked four furlongs Thursday for Richard Mandella in 48.20 with Janeen Painter up. “Just an easy half,” Mandella said . . . Santa Anita Handicap winner Melatonin went five furlongs in 1:03.40 for David Hofmans, who has designs on the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita June 25. “Just a nice, easy move,” Hofmans said . . . Bellamentary, an impressive 2 ¼-length winner of Sunday’s Angel Flight Stakes at seven furlongs, could make her next start in either the Grade II Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita on June 18 or the Grade I Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park on June 11, said Phil D’Amato, Santa Anita’s training leader through eight days with seven victories from 22 starts (32 percent) . . . Agent Vic Lipton reports that 37-year-old Louisiana native Jaime Theriot, a mainstay on the Kentucky, Arkansas and Louisiana circuits in recent years, will start working horses at Santa Anita next Wednesday and be available to ride at The Great Race Place full time thereafter. Theriot won two Breeders’ Cup races in 2010, aboard Dubai Majesty in the Filly & Mare Turf Sprint and Chamberlain Bridge in the Turf Sprint. On June 18, 2008, Theriot became the seventh rider in Churchill Downs history to ride six winners in a single day . . . Dan Kaplan, 2016 Horse Player World Series Champion (won $319,000), and Kevin Cox, Saratoga Bets So Cal handicapper, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, 10:50 a.m. Saturday and 12:50 p.m. Sunday, respectively, in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Jockey Ramon Vazquez, tied for the riding lead at Prairie Meadows, invades Santa Anita Saturday to ride Navy Hymn in the third race and Subtle Indian in the Kona Gold Stakes, both for trainer Robertino Diodoro . . . Santa Anita offers an $18 Trackside Package on Preakness Day, including admission, seating, the first drink, a tip sheet and a commemorative Nyquist mason jar. Purchase tickets at http://www/santaanita.com/events-and-tickets/ . . . Sunday, Santa Anita presents the Cal Rods Car Show, a free Infield event featuring the finest classics in the San Gabriel Valley. Post time for the first live race is 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. Ignacio Puglisi821125%50%$41,968 Joseph Talamo3065620%57%$337,520 Jerry Hollendorfer1942321%47%$264,785 Edwin Maldonado38107526%58%$320,051 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Tiago Pereira333689%52%$134,098 Tyler Baze44581111%55%$296,115 Edward Freeman531160%100%$84,520 Mark Glatt1531320%47%$89,956 Philip D’Amato2275332%68%$374,455 Peter Eurton820125%38%$45,555 DESORMEAUX RETURNS TO PIMLICO FOR PREAKNESSBERNSTEIN EYES KONA GOLD UPSET WITH KAFISTERPUYPE SEEKS FITTING MIZDIRECTION STAKES VICTORYBEHOLDER, MELATONIN WORK FOR UPCOMING STAKES Rafael Bejarano3697425%56%$366,123 Fernando Perez1731118%29%$110,620 Michael McCarthy521040%60%$80,845 Jack Carava622033%67%$47,990 Steven Miyadi722029%57%$59,435 Santiago Gonzalez3866516%45%$266,750 Flavien Prat2562424%48%$282,350 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won MIZDIRECTION VICTORY FOR PUYPE WOULD BE FITTINGIt would be only appropriate if Mike Puype should win Saturday’s $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.Puype saddles Home Journey in the race, and it was he who trained Mizdirection to win 11 of 17 career starts, including the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita in 2012 and 2013.Home Journey, a six-year-old California-bred mare, has not raced since last Nov. 22, but has been training forwardly for her return.“She’s been away, but we’ll see what happens,” Puype said. “She’s ready to run. She just got to a point where she needed a little break and we gave it her. She’s ready for this race, the summer and fall, and we’ll make babies with her next year.“It would be nice to win a race named for Mizdirection. We’ll be trying. We have many great memories of her and her accomplishments on the track.”The Mizdirection, race 10 of 11: Off the Road, Stewart Elliott; So Sweetitiz, Mike Smith; Velvet Mesquite, Tyler Baze; Revenue Virginius, Drayden Van Dyke; My Year Is a Day, Brice Blanc; Minks Aprise, Alex Solis; Miss Double d’Oro, Santiago Gonzalez; Home Journey, Martin Garcia; Avenge, Flavien Prat; and Swift Lady, Rafael Bejarano. TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Richard Baltas1623113%38%$97,398 John Sadler2050325%40%$278,820 John Brocklebank422050%100%$82,200 Brayan Pena1921311%32%$45,325 Richard Mandella1222317%58%$145,075last_img read more

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